Chelsea shares Liverpool angst over Xmas Eve game

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L- Chelsea have re­leased a state­ment in­sist­ing they will con­tinue to sup­port fans’ con­cerns over the prospect of Premier League matches bei ng s wit c hed to Christ­mas Eve for live tele­vi­sion.

It is un­der­stood Sky is con­sid­er­ing mov­ing fix­tures back a day from De­cem­ber 23 to fill its al­lo­cated Sun­day af­ter­noon slots.

The Premier League games se­lected for broad­cast over the fes­tive sched­ule are set to be con­firmed on Oc­to­ber 16.

Ar­se­nal are set to host Liverpool on Satur­day De­cem­ber 23, while Chelsea are cur­rently sched­uled to head to Ever­ton. It has been sug­gested both games could be cho­sen for live cov­er­age.

Be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break, Liverpool Man­ager Jur­gen Klopp called on Sky to se­ri­ously the con­sider the im­pli­ca­tions of sched­ul­ing a match on a date which he be­lieves fans will have no ap­petite for.

“I re­ally can­not imag­ine that any­one wants to watch foot­ball on that night,” he said.

Press As­so­ci­a­tion Sport un­der­stands Ar­se­nal are mind­ful of the is­sues host­ing the match on Christ­mas Eve would present, both in terms of staffing at the Emi­rates Sta­dium, such as the guar­an­teed num­ber of stew­ards needed for a match to be grant- ed a safety cer­tifi­cate, as well as the ob­vi­ous dis­rup­tion for all the sup­port­ers.

Ear­lier this week, the Chelsea Sup­port­ers Trust, backed by fel­low fans’ groups across the Premier League clubs, made its feel­ings on the matter clear, say­ing “foot­ball on Christ­mas Eve is un­ac­cept­able and is a step too far.”

On Fri­day af­ter­noon, Chelsea posted a state­ment on the club’s of­fi­cial web­site ex­press­ing sym­pa­thy for the ob­jec­tions, which have been taken up with the Premier League.

“The Chelsea Sup­port­ers Trust wrote to the club this week ex­press­ing its ob­jec­tions to fix­tures be­ing s c hed­uled to be pl a y e d on Christ­mas Eve, an idea they are op­posed to ‘due to the in­her­ent travel dif­fi­cul­ties and dis­rup­tion to what is re­garded as sacro­sanct fam­ily time’,” the Chelsea state­ment read.

“The club is sym­pa­thetic to our sup­port­ers’ ob­jec­tions and it is a sub­ject we have raised with the Premier League.”

The state­ment was later taken down from Chelsea’s of­fi­cial web­site.

It is un­der­stood the club be­lieve the state­ment made their point. Chelsea will con­tinue to dis­cuss the con­cerns of sup­port­ers with the Premier League as and when ap­pro­pri­ate.

Chelsea coach An­to­nio Conte.

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